Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – August 2012
This post is going to be a long one, so please get yourself a drink and settle down comfortably!
Things are going well in the garden considering we’re heading into late summer. I think I have enough Asters around the garden for a fair show this year; so far only the flat-topped Asters have begun to bloom, but this is no surprise and actually I hope they hold off for a while yet to extend the season further.
The weather so far for August has been fine, generally warm and often hot with little rain – I currently have to water all potted plants and even some in the borders. We are about due some real rain to keep the garden happy otherwise I’ll have to get the hose out for perhaps the second time this year!
So far Miscanthus ‘Flamingo’ isn’t showing much sign of producing any fluffy blooms/seed heads for me… Perhaps it was too wet for it? It’s growing very well otherwise, but will be a big disappointment if I don’t get anything this year; the Stipa gigantea has also been a massive disappointment and has barely grown at all, which of course means my feature grasses have been a waste of time.
Meanwhile the small and otherwise insignificant Salvia Schneehügel has been blooming for a month or more now and proving to be much more prolific than other Salvias such as caradonna. I need to plant something to complement the lovely white blooms because they’re too small to make any statement.
Sedum are beginning to get the slightest hint of colour to the blooms, and the Veronica is still blooming – very late! I’m unsure about the red Helenium with the purple though, but then they wouldn’t normally bloom together.
The garden this year is vastly different to last; we have colour left! This time last year there was little in bloom and everything was so dry they were already yellowed. I quite like the late lush colour, although I don’t think I’ll be happy to suffer another 4 months of rain next year.
Sea Holly is a big hit with the Butterflies; if you don’t already have it in your garden, please get some. Bees and Hoverflies also love it so it’s a big hit all round! There’s often at least 3 Gatekeepers on it.
I also love the accidental combination of the Blue Sea Holly and pink of Sanguisorba.
After spotting the bud on this Agapanthus, seemingly months ago it’s only over the past couple of days that its blooms have finally opened! I’m also beginning to think it may be ‘Back in Black’ which I bought years ago. Its stem is quite dark – almost black and its blooms much darker than the usual light blue I see around. I actually thought I’d lost back in black years ago, but it must be another one I lost.
My roses are doing well this year; all the David Austin roses are blooming again including other unknown roses in the front garden. Their blooms are much improved over last month’s as we’ve had almost no rain for a few weeks (due some later, apparently. But they have been saying this for over a week now and keep changing their minds). ‘Harlow Carr’ is at the top and ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ on the bottom.
Thank you to Carol at: May dreams Gardens for hosting this memo.